As we noted in “When Assad Gives you Lemons,” Syria is bizarrely focusing on promoting tourism in the midst of its civil war. Instead of focusing on the coastal areas, the Tourism Minister is now hyping Aleppo. Seriously. And it’s doing so with the help of the Game of Thrones theme music. You can’t make this stuff up.
CNN describes the unreal ads:
“Showcased in the video are aerial shots of wide green boulevards and swimming pools. It’s a far cry from the rebel-held eastern part of the city, where 250,000 people live with daily airstrikes, according to the UN, and where whole blocks of neighborhoods have been destroyed…Syria’s state-sponsored news agency last week mocked the perception of Aleppo as one of the ‘world’s most dangerous’ cities, tweeting a video of locals enjoying the city’s ‘thriving nightlife.’
Who exactly is the government trying to lure to Syria? What tourists are so confused (phone call for Gary Johnson) that they don’t know that Aleppo is immersed in a civil war? And why use the theme music for a TV show filled with violence and war?
I guess the filming had to be carefully supervised so they didn’t accidentally get pictures of the other Aleppo: